Questions tagged [psychology]

Regarding a pet's mental status, or motivation for behaviors or attitudes.

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Laser pointer: does a no-win situation risk psychological harm to cats?

When using a laser pointer to play with the cats, I've always been careful to end the session by giving them a physical toy to play with. I've assumed, without any actual basis, that putting them in ...
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How can I fix my relationship with my 7 month old cat after I've constantly abused her the past month?

My kitten is 7 month old, and I... [Content Warning: Descriptions of animal abuse behind spoiler] Now she won't move around me, being highly cautious to every move and every sound. I feel so bad ...
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Why does my cat lick the fur off her lower belly?

I have a cat who licks her lower belly almost bare. The bare patch extends forward just past her rear nipples. She started this behavior a year or so ago, when she was around ten years old. The ...
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Do cats recognize their family? Perhaps by scent?

Is there any scientific or anecdotal evidence that cats recognize other cats who closely share their DNA? As in, new kittens from the same mother and the such? I'm suspecting that there might be such ...
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Why does my adopted kitten knead and suck on my daughters blankets? [duplicate]

We found an abandoned kitten on the lake in the backyard. We've had her for a little over a month, she's about 9 weeks now. She was to young to be away from her mother and had been out for what looked ...
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How long is a cat's memory?

How long do cats remember places and people? I will leave the house in the next months for half a year or so. Will my cat remember me when I get back?
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Why do cats act like their food bowl is empty when there is still food left?

So my cats - well, one more than the other - will whine and meow at me in a certain manner that I have come to recognize as, "There is no food in the bowl." When they exhibit this behavior, I ...
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How can I get my cat to stop chasing my other cat?

I have three cats. All neutered and spayed. A tuxedo named Pip, a tabby named Kitty, and a tortie named Faith. Pip isn't really all that important in this question, I'll give more info about him later....
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Why do cats try to bury their food?

After eating, my cat sometimes makes a noise with his food bowl which is him trying to bury the bowl in the house. Why does he do this? The only two options we can think of are that he's: Trying to ...
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How smart are rabbits?

Recently in chat Matt s. posted a link to this short gif http://i.imgur.com/98DlknV.gif Descritpion A black and white dutch rabbit goes up to a hurdle with 4 bars, removes the second cross bar up ...
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Why does my cat keep patting my face?

My cat has a habit of randomly patting my face - sometimes when I am sleeping, or when he is snuggled in my lap, or when I am sitting somewhere. I can't really find a pattern to it, and it is somewhat ...
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Can a cat who only lives in a (small) flat be happy?

I know some cats would be very miserable if they couldn't go outside. But I was wondering if there is such a thing as an "apartment cat" where a cat would be perfectly happy to live in a small flat (...
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What does this cat want from me when meowing accusingly?

My girlfriend has an indoor cat that now lives together with us. I never had any pets before, so I have a hard time interpreting. Sometimes, she will approach me and meow in a voice that sounds like “...
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Why is my dog peeing in the house when I am home?

Why is my dog peeing in the house when I am home, but does not pee for 10 hours when he is confined to one room? He is a 7 lb chihuahua mixed rescue, who lived with 70 other dogs, well, 69, and I have ...
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Why does my cat wash her paws in her water?

My cats' self-filling water bowl has started getting dirty rather quickly since we got a new kitten (who's now about 6 months old). There's quite often a bit of cat litter at the bottom of the bowl, ...
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Do pets “get” what we're talking about?

I have a cat that seems to get upset every time I joke about giving him away. He won't even get near me and he won't let me carry him. Do they, like, read our body languages or something?
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Are dogs good at remembering people?

I have a miniature Schnauzer, who is 4 years old. I was married for 5 years, and my wife, my dog, and I lived together for 2 years. But 2 years ago I got divorced, and the dog is now living with me ...
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How can I ensure my cat won't resent me after being alone for an 8-hour work day?

I was raised with cats although my parents were always home so my cats adored them and there was always somebody around to pet them. As I go into the world, I'll be single. I mean, I'm young so it'...
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My cat hides when I move

So I got my first cat about 2 weeks ago! Her name is Thelma, and she is a domestic short hair who is really shy. When I first got her, I gave her the bathroom as her safe space, as my small studio ...
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Dog hates to stay home alone

There are other questions around this issue, but I'd like to ask about specific circumstances, so it's not a duplicate. My dog hates to stay home alone. My wife thinks this is separation anxiety, but ...
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Are fish able to understand when one will be dying soon?

I had a really old tetra fish, around 7 years old, who was getting weak. The other fish were helping him get food and were supporting him whenever he was swimming around. A few days later, the fish ...
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Can Rabbits tell time?

You may be familiar with the rabbit from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel. But my rabbit does not have a pocket watch, yet she often manages to get up on the bed ...
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Why do my cats play “soccer” with their dry food on the floor?

Only recently, my 1½ year old females cat have been playing "soccer" with a dry food morsel across the kitchen and then returns to the bowl to eat. Why do they play with their food? Are they bored of ...
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How to appease a rabbit separated from his pregnant companion?

Shortly after we realized our second "buck" was pregnant we had to separate her from her hubby. Now every time we check on them the buck's on the floor outside her cage trying to groom her through ...
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I was petting my bunny and I can't tell if he's scared or likes it

I recently took my grandma's rabbit because she's wasn't taking care of it well. He's very skittish and doesn't like to be picked up and such. I was petting him and he has his front legs splayed out ...
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Can a dog be left alone during work hours?

Since I was a kid I've always wanted a dog, and since now I have my own home, I can. Before thinking about anything else I wanted to find out of it is detrimental to either a dogs physical or mental ...
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How to calm down dog after fireworks?

Every Easter, our town has fireworks display and my dog gets extremely nervous. He screams from fear and sometimes tries to jump the fence to escape. He can take all night to calm down. I try to hug ...
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Is my cat happy, expelled by my step-mother and living in the garden?

My cat Kiwi was born in November 2011, I lived with him for 3 years with my father and my sister in our apartment. In 2013, my father met my future stepmother who is really, really obsessed with ...
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Keeping my cats in a room while I am at work

Recently, I had to move back with my parents for various reasons, but one of which is to save up to buy a home. This process should take roughly a year or so. I don't have anyone with me so my cats (...
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My cat does not recognize me

My cat, which I adopted with my girlfriend, does not recognise me anymore after I came back from a two week holiday. Everytime it is near me it starts running away. After spending so much time with ...
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Does my cat have a boyfriend?

So I just walked downstairs to find my black cat chilling out on the table with a ginger cat in the room, with no issues whatsoever. The cat is called Peter and owned by someone who lives nearby. This ...
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How to get a grown up cat to stop scratching while playing if it was used to it since it was a kitten?

I have a female cat that rips my hands while playing, but that isn't really the problem. The problem is that I used to always take her scratching and only stop playing when it got far more out of line ...
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Female dog suddenly timid around men, scared of everyone after moving to a new home

Two months ago I started dating my partner and his dog, a 6 year old Labrador. When I first met her she was excited, happy, and licked me all over. She was happy around everyone; we took her on trips ...